Jennifer Aniston chopped off 6 inches of her infamous, honey-hued hair after a mishap with controversial keratin treatment, Brazilian Blowout.
From her iconic “Rachel” layered hairstyle in the TV show, Friends, to today’s soft, a-line bob, Jennifer Aniston’s hair is no stranger to the spotlight.
“It wasn’t for a role,” she clarified to Elle UK. “My hair went through a phase – I did this thing called a Brazilian thing and my hair did not react really well to it.”
Her longtime Hair Stylist, Chris McMillan, helped her decide on the new haircut after she expressed a desire to, “do a big old chop, just to get it really healthy, to repair all the damage from hair coloring and stuff like that [Brazilian Blowout].”
After realizing the star cut her hair to remove excess damage, we concluded there are a few lessons to take away from Jennifer Aniston’s short haircut and mishap with Brazilian Blowout.
All Keratin Treatments Are Not Created Equal
A whirlwind of controversy has circled treatments such as Brazilian Blowout as early as 2005. This is due to the inclusion of formaldehyde in their product’s smoothing solution.
In 2011, the National Toxicology Program, an interagency program of the Department of Health and Human Services, named formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen.
There has been additional concern that once the product’s solution is heated near the scalp (necessary for application), formaldehyde can penetrate the scalp and hair follicle, causing irreversible damage to the cells responsible for hair growth.
Meaning, once the hair follicle is damaged, it will have difficulty growing hair, again.
“If Aniston wanted to maintain her enviable lustrous locks, she could have opted for a keratin treatment that is both formaldehyde-free and contains L-cystine, an amino acid that promotes hair growth,” says Simply Organic Beauty’s Technical Director, Rebecca Gregory.
Lesson 1: Opt for a keratin treatment that is absent of formaldehyde, and promotes hair health. Ex: Smooth Rituals
Heavy Chemical Treatments Can Hurt Hair More Than Help It
“We are constantly up against this battle,” Gregory continues, “people use hair products that give their hair a temporary feeling of health and shine, but in reality, these products are just packed with petrochemicals and plastics that end up causing the hair to be dry and brittle in the long run.”
Celebrity Hair Stylist, Rachel Wood says she’s, “not surprised Jen’s doing the chop. Many [treatments] have chemicals that can damage the hair.”
Lesson 2: Chemically-laden hair products give hair a false feeling of health, and damage strands more in the long run.
Overly Damaged Hair = Necessary Hair Chop
Jennifer Aniston’s Brazilian Blowout-induced haircut reminds us that once hair has been damaged beyond repair, it will need to be trimmed (yes, sometimes that trim can be up to 6+ inches).
If severely damaged hair goes uncut, the hair strands will eventually split completely in half and fall out at the root.
Which brings us to our final lesson:
Lesson 3: Damaged hair will have to be cut in order to prevent hair fall out and promote healthy hair growth.